Public Enemy

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One of the key players in the development of American Hip Hop, and Rap.


Formed out of Long Island, New York in 1982, and gaimed a reputation for politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, as well as taking an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community.

The first four albums they released, during the end of 1980s and the start of the 1990s, all made it to either gold or platinum status and were, according to music critic Robert Hilburn, "the most acclaimed body of work ever by a rap act".

As 2004 ticked around, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

During 2007, Public Enemy were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

In 2013, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making them the fourth Hip Hop act to be inducted after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC. and The Beastie Boys.

Public Enemy have always pushed boundaries, and their single with Heavy Metal act Anthrax, was one of the first tracks to cross Thrash Metal with Hip Hop and Rap.

Members Name Check

The members over their time have been;-
Chuck D
Flavor Flav
DJ Lord
The S1W group
Khari Wynn
Professor Griff
Terminator X
Sister Souljah

Selected Album List

  • 1987: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
  • 1988: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • 1990: Fear of a Black Planet
  • 1991: Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black
  • 1992: Greatest Misses
  • 1994: Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age
  • 1998: He Got Game
  • 1999: There's a Poison Goin' On
  • 2002: Revolverlution
  • 2005: New Whirl Odor
  • 2006: Rebirth of a Nation (with Paris)
  • 2007: How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?
  • 2012: Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp
  • 2012: The Evil Empire of Everything

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